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ALTAMONT, N.Y. (AP) -- As white-nose syndrome kills millions of bats across North America, there's a glimmer of hope at hibernation spots where it first struck a decade ago: Some bats in some caves are hanging on....
BAGHDAD (AP) -- After the destruction wreaked on archaeological sites by Islamic State group, the collections at the Iraq's National Museum in Baghdad have become even more important. It's now one of the only places you can find relics from the ancient cities that fell into the extremists' hands....
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- Augusta National has a mystique as the only major championship played on the same golf course every year....
Canberra, Australia, Apr 7, 2016 / 03:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Exposure to pornography harms children to such an extent it should be considered child abuse, Australia’s Catholic bishops said in a recent call for action.“Children have a right to be children, away from the pressures applied by advertising and other images on television and the internet for them to dress and act as mini-adults. Bombarding children with sexualized images can hurt their normal development,” a commission of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference said in a statement to the Australian Senate committee last month.The committee was making an inquiry into the harm of internet pornography.Australia’s Catholic bishops said there is an obligation to protect families from pornography. They said that pornography has become mainstream and is now “the wallpaper of young people’s lives.” They lamented sexualized images in advertising, music videos and computer games....
(Vatican Radio) An international Catholic-Jewish conference focusing on issues related to refugees has just wrapped up in Warsaw, Poland.The agenda of the meeting focused on the theme “The ‘Other’ in Jewish and Catholic Tradition: Refugees in Today’s World.” It aimed to provide a religious and academic basis for discussions and in-depth analyses of how both the Jewish and Roman Catholic traditions and sources view “the other.” Speaking during the event, Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki, President of the Polish Bishops’ Conference pointed out that the biblical approach to exile is more flexible than contemporary law.He said exile is a matter much more serious than leaving one's country in search of a better life: "It is linked not just to leaving one's homeland but also leaving it in connection with threats to one's life, health or freedom."Participants reflected on the fact that anti-Semitism, in both spee...
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis received the Republic of Croatia’s head of government, Prime Minister Tihomir Oreškovic, on Thursday morning at the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican. The Prime Minister subsequently met with the Secretary of State of the Holy See, Cardinal Pietro Parolin,  who was accompanied by Msgr. Antoine Camilleri, Under-Secretary for Relations with States.A communiqué from the Press Office of the Holy See informs that the Pope and the Prime Minister held cordial talks, in which they remarked the good relations existing between the Holy See and the Republic of Croatia, of which the Thursday visit was “a significant expression”. They confirmed their shared desire to continue constructive dialogue on bilateral issues arising in relations between the ecclesial and civil community, and focused on the prominent place the Croat faithful assigned to the figure of Blessed Aloysius Stepinac (the great Archbishop of Zagreb from 1937 until...
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis will travel to the Greek island of Lesbos on Saturday, April 16.A communiqué from the Vatican Press Office has confirmed next week’s papal visit which aims to show support and solidarity for refugees in the front line of Europe’s migrant crisis.The press release says the Pope has accepted the invitations of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, His Holiness Bartholomew, and of the Greek President.It says Pope Francis will meet with the refugees on the island together with the Ecumenical Patriarch and with His Holiness Jerome II, Archbishop of Athens and all Greece.  Hundreds of thousands of refugees, many fleeing the war in Syria, have poured onto the Aegean island over the past year.This is a particularly delicate moment for them as, under a contested plan, the European Union started returning newcomers to neighbouring Turkey this month.Pope Francis has repeatedly appealed for support for migrants and refugees.His fi...
(Vatican Radio) A rare copy of a first edition of William Shakespeare's collected plays has been found at a stately home on the Isle of Bute in Scotland. Experts consider the First Folio, as such editions are known, the definitive text for 36 plays written by the playwright.They include "Macbeth" and "Twelfth Night".The nearly 400-year-old edition found at Mount Stuart was authenticated by Emma Smith, professor of Shakespeare Studies at Oxford University.Listen:  Speaking to Lydia O’Kane, she gave her reaction to this rare find saying, “These are amazing charismatic books, I’ve seen quite a number of them, but to see one we didn’t know we had and to be involved in authenticating it was a real thrill.”She also said that without this folio half of Shakespeare’s work would have been lost.“We wouldn’t have Macbeth, or The Tempest, or Antony and Cleopatra or Twelfth Night; lots of plays would have been lo...
(Vatican Radio) The national vocations commission in Scotland has launched a new novena as the Church prepares for Good Shepherd Sunday.Priests for Scotland in association with the Pontifical Scots College in Rome have asked Catholics throughout the country to join with the bishops, clergy and seminarians as they pray for an increase in vocations to the priesthood in all dioceses of Scotland.Vatican Radio’s Ryan Black spoke with the President of Priests for Scotland, Bishop John Keenan.Listen:  The President of the commission, Bishop John Keenan of the Diocese of Paisley, explained that Good Shepherd Sunday provides all members of the Church with an opportunity to reflect on the gift and the mystery of the priesthood.The commission has decided to retrieve the medieval tradition of praying a novena, in which the faithful are asked to pray a specific series of prayers over nine consecutive days. The commission has written particular prayers for each of the nine days, rela...
(Vatican Radio) At his daily Mass on Thursday, Pope Francis said it is “the saints of ordinary life, and the martyrs of today that carry the Church forward.” They do so, he said, “with their consistent and courageous witness to the Risen Christ, thanks to the working of the Holy Spirit.”The Christian “puts his life on the line” by giving a true witnessThe first Reading taken from the Acts of Acts of the Apostles, speaks of the courage of Peter, who, after the healing of the crippled man, preached the Gospel before the leaders of the Sanhedrin. Enraged at his boldness, they wanted to put Peter to death. They had already forbidden the Apostles to preach in the Name of Jesus, but Peter continued to proclaim the Gospel – because, as he said, “We must obey God rather than men.” This “courageous” Peter, the Pope said, has nothing in common with “Peter the coward” who denied Christ three times on the night of H...
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